Australian Open 2012: The First Grand Slam of the Year

The Australian Open Tennis-2012, the first Grand Slam of the year, was started in Melbourne on January 16, 2012 and came to an end on January 29, 2012. Novak Djokovic of Serbia sealed third Aus­tralian Open title beating Rafael Nadal in the longest Grand Slam final. Victoria Azarenka became the first Belarusian to win a Grand Slam singles title when she claimed the Australian Open title with a crush­ing victory over Russia’s Maria Sharapova. Leander Paes, the 38 year old Indian star, partnering with Czech player Radek Stepanek, quelled the challenge of the Bryan twins to clinch his first men’s doubles title and in the process completed a long awaited career Grand Slam in the doubles.

Men’s Singles : Defending champion Novak Djokovic battled past Rafael Nadal in an epic, five-set Australian Open final which clocked in at 5 hours 53 minutes – the longest title match in Grand Slam his­tory in Melbourne on January 29, 2012. Djokovic, who picked up a cheque for Australian $2.3 million ($2.4 million), has now beaten the Span­iard in three consecutive Grand Slam finals and seven consecutive title matches overall.

Longest Grand slam Final: The Australian Open men’s final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic broke the record as the long­est match in tournament history when it hit the 5 hours-15 minutes mark.

Women’s Singles : Belarus’s Victoria Azarenka swept imperiously to her first Grand Slam title and the World No. 1 ranking on January 28, 2012 when she demolished Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final.

Men’s Doubles : The fired-up Indo-Czech double, Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek denied the Bryan brothers a record 12th Grand Slam title as they beat the American top seeds in straight sets in the Austra­lian Open final on January 28, 2012.

The 7-6(1), 6-2 victory was the first for India’s Paes over American twins Bob and Mike Bryan in a final after five defeats in title clashes, and helped him com­plete a career Grand Slam of doubles crowns. Coming into the Australian Open, the Indian doubles specialist had won 47 career titles with 11 dif­ferent partners, including.. one with Stepanek, who claimed his first Grand Slam doubles crown.

Women’s Doubles : The Russian duo, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva beat Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Women’s doubles title on January 27, 2012.

Mixed Doubles : A second title eluded Leander Paes at this year’s Australian Open as he and Elena Vesnina ended runners-up in the mixed doubles event after be­ing outplayed by Horia Tecau and Bethanie Matteksands in the summit clash on January 29, 2012.


Events Winners Runners-up
Men’s Singles Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Rafael Nadal (Spain)
Women’s Singles Victoria Azarenka (Belarusian) Maria Sharapova (Russia)
Men’s Doubles Leander Paes (India) and Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) Bob Bryan and mike Bryan (America)
Women’s Doubles Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva (Russia) Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci (Italy)
Mixed Doubles HoriaTecau (Romania) and Bethanie Mattek Sands (America) Leander Paes (India) and Elena Vesnina (Russia)
Boy’s Singles Luke Saville (Australia) Filip Peliwo (Canada)
Girl’s Singles Taylor Townsend (America) Yulia Putintseva (Russia)

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